Service to be Held for Tillie Absher
Matilda (Tillie) Absher passed from this life on March 12, 2023, at the age of 98, 11 months, and 28 days. She was the daughter of Pablo and Cecilia Molina Flores. She was born on March 14, 1924, in Manchaca, TX. Tillie was baptized in the Catholic church on April 12, 1924.
At the age of 14, Tillie worked for a doctor as a midwife. She assisted the doctor in delivering babies and would stay with the mother and child for a few days. She worked several jobs trying to help support her parents and two younger siblings. One of those jobs was with the Pantex bomb plant in Amarillo, TX during WWII. Tillie was considered one of the Rosy Riveters. Her job was to fill the bombs. She was the last woman to be let go after the war ended and the soldiers came home.
Following WWII She married Darl (Cotton) Absher on October 8, 1947, in Wellington, Kansas. They lived in Wichita, Kansas, and had four children, Eugene, Beverly, Darl Jr, and Betty. In 1958, the family moved to Wetumka, Oklahoma, Cotton’s hometown.
Tillie worked at the Ranch-O-Tel for many years. She managed The Bob White Café, and at some point, she worked at Laneer’s Variety Store and a grocery store. Then, Tillie found her calling, selling Avon. She loved the job, going to people’s homes, visiting and showing them all of the products.
She made many lifelong friends.
Tillie was preceded in death by her husband, one son (Eugene), one daughter- in-law (Kay), her par- ents, and five brothers.
She is survived by her children and their spouses: Beverly and John Goodson, Darl Jr and Cathy Absher, and Betty and Bobby Keating. Grandchildren: Shelly Absher, Sue Patton, Darl Absher III, April Mata, Mandi Bridges, and Stuart Keating. She also has sixteen great-grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Richard Flores one sister, Jane Parks, sister-in-law, Caroline Flores, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Rosary service will be held Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at St.
Stephen’s Catholic Church in Holdenville and a funeral service will be held there on Friday, March 17, 2023 at noon officiated by Rev. Robert Duck. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Interment will be in the Wetumka Cemetery under the direction of Williamson- Spradlin Funeral Home.